Hyderabad: The State Bharatiya Janata Party president, Mr G. Kishan Reddy, on Friday demanded that the Congress-led UPA government immediately introduce a Bill in Parliament for carving out separate Telangana State and make a decisive statement to that effect if it has common sense, sincerity and will to keep its promise made to the people of the region several times.
Mr Kishan Reddy, who returned from American tour from July 23, spoke to mediapersons in the State party office here and detailed about his experiences in the US.
Demanding that the Congress government at the Centre concede the basic “separate State” demand of the Telangana employees without wasting time, the BJP leader warned the government that the situation in the region would be explosive if it resorted to arm-twisting methods like enforcing provisions of Essential Services Maintenance Act, massing of police forces, issuing GOs, administering threats and adopting evasive tactics. He also appealed to the government to shun delay tactics and initiate process for formation of separate Telangana State in order to prevent the “Sarva Janula Samme” (general strike).
Alleging that the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, was confined to dashing off letters to the Union government on the burning Telangana issue and people’s problems, the BJP leader criticized the former for not evincing interest and applying his mind how to help solve the problems confronting the people of the State.
Narrating his busy schedule during his American tour, Mr Kishan Reddy said the Americans of Indian origin, especially the Telugus, had expressed severe concern over their mother land facing grave problems like corruption, irregularities, scams and terrorist activities. He also said that the Telugus in America wanted the Union and State governments in India to take immediate steps to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Andhra States and ensure that the Telugus in both the regions live like brethren.
Mr Reddy also said that he had successfully spoken to the American officials about the problems of Andhra Pradesh students of North Virginia University and brought about a solution. Stating that the Telugus were second largest Indian living in America after Gujaratis, Mr Reddy demanded that the State government create a separate department for Foreign Affairs like the Gujarat State.
The State party vice-president, Mr Malla Reddy, the party official spokeperson, Mr NVVS Prabhakar were also present.